I Wish I Could Cry With You, But I Can’t

Nurse Eye Roll blogs about her life as a nurse. Most of her posts are pretty funny, but this one hit us hard. You can see what a lot of emotional labour it takes to do this job right. That’s why we think it’s so important that nurses (and everyone else that does this type of intensive work with the public) get proper support to do it well and with dignity for everyone.  

I just saw the doctor walk out of the room…the room of your husband on a ventilator, who after 12 days of no improvements, has had set back after set back. I talked to the doctor before he walked into the room. I know what he told you. Continue reading I Wish I Could Cry With You, But I Can’t

Afraid of visiting the doctor? You’re not alone.

Lots of people get anxious about going to the doctor. As someone who works in a GP clinic, I can assure you that everyone there wants to make your visit as anxiety-free as possible. But there’s a reason this is such a common fear. Continue reading Afraid of visiting the doctor? You’re not alone.

Fear, austerity, and public service

Continuing our series this month on fear and how we handle it, here’s guest blogger Dr. Catherine Needham of 21st Century Public Servant to see what austerity looks like on the other side of the desk.  Continue reading Fear, austerity, and public service

Gig Buddies: Fighting FOMO

FOMO (or fear of missing out, if you must) is a slightly silly term. It’s meant to evoke the anxiety one feels when reviewing social media at home and seeing that all your friends are up to something cooler or more interesting than you. #FirstWorldProblems.

But actually, there are people out there whose social lives are at the mercy of the care system. A lot of the time, their fear of missing out is quite justified. Continue reading Gig Buddies: Fighting FOMO

A light that never goes out

Continuing our series this month on fear and how we handle it, here’s guest blogger John Wade of Bromford

Whatever book I’m reading or TV programme I’ve been watching I can’t help but see themes and links with our work at Bromford. When I read this recent Relational Welfare blog post I was pleased to see that I’m not alone.

I was listening to astronaut Chris Hadfield talking on a TED podcast about fear. It struck me that he was talking about what we might call ‘external fear’. Continue reading A light that never goes out

Why midwives matter

Though the brief strike earlier this week is over, tomorrow is the final day of action around their campaign to get a mere 1% pay increase. 

We believe better pay and better working conditions for those on the frontline of public services makes it much easier for workers to form connections with the people they work with, which results in better outcomes for everyone. Better pay also makes the statement that we as a society care about the work they do.  Continue reading Why midwives matter